Tim Duncan’s playing career with the Spurs has come to an end, but that does not mean he is going to become a ghost in San Antonio.
According to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs anticipate that Duncan will re-join the team at some point in a front office role.
Most in the organization think Duncan will eventually join the franchise in a full-time capacity. They guess he won’t coach but will instead focus on personnel. Duncan has long been intrigued by the methods that Popovich and Buford use to identify talent.
Duncan has at times disagreed with their decisions only to be proven wrong. He’s curious why.
The Spurs will be paying Duncan nearly $2 million per year for the next three years, and the relationship between the former player and organization is obviously about as strong as it gets. It was Duncan’s incredible work ethic and knowledge of the game that made him one of the all-time great NBA players, so very few would doubt that he could succeed in some sort of player personnel role.
As for life without Duncan on the court for the Spurs, Gregg Popovich says it won’t be easy.
“I have a hole in my gut,” the coach said.
If Duncan does take on a front office role, you can expect him to preach some of those concepts he wrote about in his college essay.
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You would think that most people would jump at the chance to attend the Olympics on behalf of the President of the United States. As if we needed another reminder, Tim Duncan is not most people.
Duncan’s former teammate Bruce Bowen told SI that President Obama had extended a personal invitation to Duncan to travel to Rio with him, but the recently retired star declined.
“It’s funny that he was offered an opportunity to fly here with the President of the United States, and he discussed it with me and I’m like, ‘You’re going, right?'” Bowen said. “He was like, ‘You know I’m not about that stuff.’ Even that moment where you’d say, ‘I sure would like to be a part of that,’ it doesn’t happen with Tim because he’s not concerned with that stuff.”
We’re guessing Bowen got the story wrong and that President Obama asked if Duncan would be part of the delegation he is sending to Rio, which includes former NBA player Jason Collins. That’s not quite as special as traveling with the president, but it’s still a cool invitation to receive.
We lost basketball royalty on Monday with legendary San Antonio Spur Tim Duncan officially announcing his retirement after an unforgettable 19-year career. With Duncan’s NBA tenure now an object of the past, regret is beginning to set in for those players who weren’t lucky enough to call themselves Duncan’s teammate. One such case is retired point guard and current Bucks head coach Jason Kidd.
After Milwaukee’s Summer League game on Monday, the 43-year-old Kidd said that he still has nightmares about a missed opportunity in his playing days to team up with Duncan and the Spurs in 2003.
Kidd was a free agent that year and came dangerously close to signing with San Antonio, even going so far as to tell the team that he would, in fact, be joining them.
“I thought I was going to be a Spur,” Kidd said per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “I committed when I was down there on my visit [to San Antonio].
“On my flight home, I think I got cold feet,” he continued. “And sometimes I have nightmares about that. Maybe I could have won a championship or two there. But I got really lucky with Dallas and won a championship.
“It is something that I sometimes regret,” Kidd concluded. “I wanted to see if I could win a championship in San Antonio. When you talk about Duncan, you can’t say that I got cheated [out of MVP in 2001-02]. Just coming second to him was an honor in itself. The biggest disappointment is maybe not joining him, joining San Antonio and trying to win a championship when I had the opportunity as a free agent.”
The 10-time All-Star point guard would ultimately sign a six-year, $103 million deal to remain with the New Jersey Nets, with whom he had just made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, but Kidd never made it past the second round in New Jersey again. He was traded to Dallas in 2008 and won his lone NBA championship with the Mavericks in 2011 before retiring in 2013.
The Spurs, meanwhile, would go on to win three more championships with Duncan as Tony Parker manned the point instead. But it’s madness to think that they had the chance to add a prime Kidd, an unselfish player who would have fit seamlessly into their culture, into the mix and have him run high screen-and-rolls with a prime Duncan for years on end. Now all we are left to do is wonder what might have been and how many more rings San Antonio might have won had one of the all-time great floor generals ultimately chosen to be a Spur.
Once upon a time, Tim Duncan was a psychology major at Wake Forest, with all the tasks and duties that come with that. It means Duncan has written a few papers in his time, including at least one that was published in an academic journal.
The title of that paper is very fittingly Duncan.
If you’d have told me Tim Duncan wrote a college paper about something, that’s about what I would expect. He has no time for trash talk and boasting, be it from people who can back it up and especially from people who can’t. Now that he’s retiring, perhaps the cerebral Duncan will go back and study some more psychology.
Tim Duncan has officially decided to retire from the NBA.
In a press release issued Monday morning, the San Antonio Spurs announced that Duncan has informed the team he will call it a career after 19 seasons. The five-time NBA champion is the Spurs’ all-time leader in total points (26,496), rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020), minutes (47,368) and games played (1,392).
You won’t find more of a lock for the Hall of Fame than Duncan. He played in 251 playoff games, which is the second most in NBA history. He is also one of just three players in league history to spend 19 seasons with the same team, with the other two being Kobe Bryant and John Stockton.
San Antonio’s recent decision to sign another veteran big man makes a lot more sense now that Duncan is hanging it up. Duncan probably could have played another season, but no one will ever say a 40-year-old walked away from the game too soon.
San Antonio Spurs big man Tim Duncan could be calling it a career.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Monday that Duncan is “leaning strongly” toward retirement and has hinted to Spurs officials and those close to him that he will soon announce he has played his last NBA season.
Duncan exercised his $5.6 million player option with the Spurs last week, so the door is still open. However, it’s possible San Antonio’s reported interest in this six-time NBA All-Star has something to do with Duncan’s impending decision.
Duncan, who turned 40 in April, saw his playing time decrease rather dramatically last season. He played just over 25 minutes per game and averaged career-lows in points (8.6) and rebounds (7.3). He also dealt with soreness in his right knee and missed some games during the regular season. It would not be shocking if the five-time NBA champion decided to call it quits.
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Tim Duncan would not tip his hand about his future plans following the San Antonio Spurs’ season coming to an end on Thursday night after a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Instead, he deferred those questions to a later date.
“I’ll get to that after I get out of here and figure life out,” Duncan said in response to a question about his future.
Duncan had a solid game with 19 points and five rebounds, but he took on a greatly reduced role both in the postseason and regular season. He averaged just over 20 minutes per game during the playoffs, and he was down to 25 minutes per game in the regular season.
Duncan can still get the job done, but he’s just not the same player he was:
That’s to be expected from a 40-year-old. Duncan has a player option for $5.6 million next season, so the decision to continue playing is on him. He should take a look at that video and it will tell him all he needs to know about his future.
With the Oklahoma City Thunder set to kick off their second-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant is well aware of the challenge of going up against a guy who probably sleeps in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber over the summer.
Ahead of Saturday’s series opener, the seven-time All-Star expressed his deep admiration for the ageless wonder known as Timothy Theodore Duncan.
“Tim Duncan could play until he’s 90,” Durant said per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s not about him scoring 20 & getting 10 rebounds, it’s just his presence.”
For Duncan, who just turned 40 last week, he has managed to fend off the kiss of Father Time for years by using his boundless basketball IQ and unparalleled spatial/positional awareness to compensate for his age-related decline in skill, athleticism, and mobility.
While Duncan only averaged 8.6 points per game and 7.3 points per game during the 2015-16 regular season, he still remains one of the Spurs’ three most important players and will be a handful for the Thunder to match up with in these Conference Semifinals.
Durant has been vocal in his praise for Duncan in the past, and, heck, if a fully-wrinkled, pearly-white-haired Duncan is still blocking shots and throwing up jump hooks in the year 2066, we know where we heard it first.
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The San Antonio Spurs arrived in Memphis on Thursday to prepare for their upcoming playoff games against the Grizzlies, and Tim Duncan got off the bus wearing a shirt no other NBA player would stand a chance of pulling off.
Seriously, name another player who would rock a Father’s Day gift with a classic dad joke on it.
Duncan definitely sat down later that day and drank a cup of coffee from his “World’s Best Dad” mug. When your son wears cooler shirts than you, you know you are officially an old man.
Mavericks rookie big man Salah Mejri threw down a dunk with his team down 20 to San Antonio on Friday night. This in itself is rather unremarkable. What is hilarious, though, is the fact that he appeared to turn to the Spurs bench and talk some trash.
Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan had the only appropriate reaction for when a rookie playing in a game down 20 gives it to a pair of the game’s legends: they laughed at him.
Popovich’s utter confusion and apparent wisecrack at Duncan is just perfect.
So, Salah, what did you say?
“He was in my vision, but I did not yell at him,” said Mejri, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “He is one of the greatest coaches in the league, so I don’t think it’s a good idea to yell at him. I never did that in my life.
“I did not yell at their bench. I had no problem with nobody, but I was excited about the dunk. You can ask their coach if I said something bad, but I did not.”
Popovich was, indeed, asked what was said.
“I have no idea,” Popovich said. “It was pretty funny, though.”
Mejri went on to apologize on Twitter, just to be safe.
Needless to say, trash talking Popovich isn’t really a great idea no matter how much experience you have. Heck, talking to him at all is generally a risk, especially if you’re a reporter.